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Hangover ends with shootout loss
Hurricanes take it to San Jose in Raleigh
10/26/18 - By Mike Lee -

Carolina has traditionally been a place where the Sharks recharge their batteries as they tour the east coast. Historically a doormat for San Jose, this year's Hurricanes may have a little more bite. They certainly earned the Shark respect after erasing a 2-goal deficit with a three goal outburst in the 2nd period, then controlling play for 35 minutes before eventually taking a 4-3 decision in the shootout.

Only 10 games into the season, you don't want to see the Sharks having hangover games after big wins like the one on Tuesday in Nashville, but that's exactly what happened to the Sharks on Friday night in Carolina. San Jose looked like they might steam role the Hurricanes early, but Carolina woke up after a lethargic opening stanza.

Antti Suomela opened the game's scoring and recorded his first career NHL goal 6:37 into the game, picking up a drop pass from Evander Kane just outside the Hurricanes blueline, then racing up in on net before cutting across the slot from right to left. The Sharks rookie slipped past the Carolina defense but was upended by Hurricanes goaltender Petr Mrazek as he reached the net. Suomela still managed to slip the puck into the net as he went sailing head first through the air.

Teuvo Teravainen was called for hooking Marcus Sorensen at less than 30 seconds after Suomela's goal setting up the Sharks on the power play for the first time of the night. San Jose made the most of the opportunity when Timo Meier bagged his team leading 6th goal of the season. Meier camped out at the top of the Hurricanes crease, and jammed home a deflection after Brent Burns sent a shot in on Mrazek from the left point.

Carolina answered just 1:12 into the 2nd period on a Dougie Hamilton shot from the left dot. Sharks goaltender Aaron Dell was late to react to the shot that found the upper right corner of the net.

Lucas Wallmark put the Sharks on the power play again 4:28 into the period after he slashed Logan Couture. San Jose converted again, when Couture found Hertl unattended off the right post. The Sharks forward one-timed a shot that beat Mrazek for his 4th goal of the season.

Dell and Brendan Dillon teamed up for a public service message on how not to defend the net at 10:07. Dillon misplayed a pass behind his own net, then scrambled to try and retrieve it as is trickled to the front of the goal mouth. In doing so he bumped Dell as the puck squirted out to Brock McGinn, who snapped it home for his 1st goal of the season.

San Jose allowed Carolina to tie the game with 4:46 to play in the period when Teravainen put a shot past Dell after Evander Kane coughed up the puck. Erick Karlsson had a chance to neutralize Teravainen, but the new Sharks defense was simply sub par.

It was a Hurricanes shooting clinic from that point forward. The entire 3rd period was played in the Sharks zone where Carolina out-shot San Jose 11-5. They held a 16-5 advantage in the 2nd period and would finish the game with 41 shots to San Jose's 23.

Aaron Dell was spectacular in net, stopping 38 shots in the defeat. He single handedly kept San Jose in the game with his stops. None of the three Carolina goals could be pinned on him. His defense simply let him down.

The netminder made three highlight reel saves in the last minute of overtime alone after the Sharks defense allowed the Hurricanes to create a handful of scoring chances in the extra frame.

Someone had to wake up Mrazek for the shootout after San Jose failed to generate much offensively from the 20 minute mark on. He would come up big in the shootout, stopping Logan Couture, Joe Pavelski and Joonas Donskoi. Pavelski hit the right post with a shot that would have matched Brock McGinn's goal in the shootout. Donskoi had Mrazek beat with a deek to the left, but he missed the net with a backhand attempt that ended things.

Game Notes:

* Tomas Hertl was injured in the 2nd period and did not return to skate the 3rd. That requird Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer to shorten his bench.

* Rookie Dylan Gambrell made his season debut for San Jose, skating on the Sharks 4th line.

* The highlight of the night for the Sharks had to be their special teams play, which went 2-for-3 on the power play and 2-for-2 on the penalty kill. Those kind of numbers typically translates into a win.

* The Erik Karlsson stat line continues to befuddle. The key off season acquisition was a minus 1 again, and he failed to record a shot on goal. He did earn a secondary assist on Timo Meier's goal.

* The hurricanes may be an up and coming team, but the residents of Raleigh have yet to figure that out. The game had an announced crowd of 12,311.


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1 2 3 OT SO T
SJ 2 1 0 0 0 3
CAR 0 3 0 0 1 4
1st period - 1, SJ, Suomela 1 (Kane, Burns), 6:37. 2, SJ, Meier 6 (Burns, E. Karlsson), 8:16, (pp).
2nd period - 3, CAR, Hamilton 1 (Ferland), 1:12. 4, SJ, Hertl 4 (Couture, Labanc), 5:47, (pp). 5, CAR, McGinn 1 (unassisted), 10:07. 6, CAR, Teravainen 2 (Aho), 15:14.
3rd period - None.
Overtime - None.
Shootout - CAR - Williams (miss), McGinn (goal), Aho (miss). SJ: Couture (miss), Pavelski (miss), Donskoi (miss).
1st period - Teravainen, CAR (hooking), 7:02; M. Karlsson, SJ (slashing), 8:28.
2nd period - Wallmark, CAR (slashing), 4:28; Ferland, CAR (slashing), 6:08; E. Karlsson, SJ (slashing), 7:09.
3rd period - None.
Overtime - None.
Shots Saves
SJ - Dell 41 38
CAR - Mrazek 23 20
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
SJ 11 5 5 2 23
CAR 8 16 11 6 41
Power Play Conversion
SJ 2 of 3
CAR 0 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Teuvo Teravainen
Dougie Hamilton
Brock McGinn
PNC Arena - 12,311
Referees: Brenk, Furlatt. Linesmen: Devorski, Amell.
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